Some of you wanted to know the what is the meaning of the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts by John Locke.
This popular quote “I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts” by English philosopher and physician, John Locke is found in his writings, “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding“.
(This quote is found in: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding I By John Locke, Gent., Complete In One Volume, William Tegg & Company, Cheapside, Book I, Ch. III. No Innate Practical Principle, Sect. III. Objection; p.24)
It means what a person does or his actions, truly and clearly reflect his thinking.
In other words, people can know your thoughts, by seeing what you do.
Before one makes a decision or performs an action, his brain has to do the work first.
In short, your actions spell out your thoughts.
You should read this thought-provoking work “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding” by John Locke.
It talks about the foundation of human knowledge and understanding.
There are four Books in there.
It was said that the essay was one of the principal sources of empiricism in modern philosophy, and influenced many enlightenment philosophers, such as David Hume and George Berkeley.
He is regarded as the founder of a school of thought known as British Empiricism.
His name is associated to the foundational contributions to modern theories of limited, liberal government.
Locke was also influential in the areas of theology, religious toleration, and educational theory.
John Locke is popularly known to pioneer the concepts of identity, self and consciousness.
He strongly believed the human mind to be a clean slate.
In other words, we are all born with an empty mind; no pre-existing ideas.
It is our life experiences over time that knowledge slowly fill our mind.